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Rough seas delay escape test for SpaceX crew capsule

Rough seas prompted SpaceX on Saturday to delay the emergency escape test of its new crew capsule by a day.
Topics: SpaceX, Space

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More Mysterious Space Blobs Have Been Found Near the Center of the Milky Way

Scientists have found six objects near the center of our galaxy that orbit Sagittarius A. These objects appear to be a new class of object that astronomers have never before seen. The post More Mysterious Space Blobs Have Been Found Near the Center...
Topics: Space, Milky Way

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Air Force Conducts Ground Test Of Hypersonic X-60A Missile

Air Force Conducts Ground Test Of Hypersonic X-60A Missile President Trump revealed earlier this month that the US is currently developing hypersonic missiles and touted that the weapons were "big, powerful, lethal, and fast." Trump's...

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Boeing shares epic view from Starliner crew capsule on its way to orbit - CNET

The new spacecraft didn't quite make it to the International Space Station, but it was still a fantastic journey.
Topics: Boeing, Space, Spacecrafts, International Space Station

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At Last, Physicists Confirm the Fastest Way to Board a Plane

Turns out, letting slower passengers—like travelers with small children, or who need extra assistance—board first really is faster.
Topics: Physics

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Scientists built a robot pigeon that flaps just like the real thing, and it’s mesmerizing

Most of us see birds every day. Go look outside your nearest window and chances are you're not going to have to wait long before you spot a feathered friend cruising by. Despite that, scientists have long struggled with replicating the flight...
Topics: Robots

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What will NASA's Mars 2020 rover be called? There's 155 names on the shortlist.

The competition to name NASA's next Mars rover has entered a new phase, with the space agency culling the field from 28,000 down to 155.
Topics: NASA, Mars Rover Curiosity, Space, Mars

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This is the first thing flight attendants notice about you

While it may seem flight attendants are there to greet you as you board the plane and offer assistance with luggage, they're there for a much stricter purpose: To check you (and all the other passengers) out.Read more...

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Earth Had Its Second Warmest Year in Recorded History in 2019

The six warmest years in recorded history have been the past six: 2014–2019 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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New 80-Year Deep-Ocean Temperature Dataset Compared to a 1D Climate Model

Reposted from Dr. Roy Spencer’s site January 15th, 2020 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. The increasing global ocean heat content (OHC) is often pointed to as the most quantitative way to monitor long-term changes in the global energy balance, which is...

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Europe’s ExoMars rover completes environmental tests ahead of launch this year

NASA's Mars2020 rover will have company on the Red Planet this year from the ESA's Rosalind Franklin rover.
Topics: NASA, Space, European Space Agency

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Delta Airlines faces air quality violation, lawsuit after jet fuel dumped on people

Delta Airlines faces an air quality violation and a civil lawsuit after dumping 15,000 gallons of jet fuel during an emergency landing.
Topics: Lawsuits

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Delta is being sued by teachers after dumping 15,000 gallons of jet fuel over LA schools

On Jan. 14, a Delta plane departing Los Angeles for Shanghai requested an emergency landing shortly after takeoff, citing engine problems. The pilot of Delta Flight 89 told air traffic controllers that dumping fuel was unnecessary, but then the...
Topics: Air Traffic Control, Boeing

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What’s a Climate Scientist to Wear During Awards Season?

From The Earth Institute at Columbia University. No, not a cult.  No. no. no.~cr They are at home coring trees in the backcountry of Mongolia, flying airborne missions over polar ice caps, or drilling sediments while dodging icebergs off the...
Topics: Icebergs

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Book Bits | 18 January 2020

● A World Without Work: Technology, Automation, and How We Should Respond By Daniel Susskind Review via The New York Times If humans’ fears that technology would replace them have been unfounded in the past, this time is different. So argues...

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Are humans hardwired for monogamy?

Monogamy is natural, but adultery is, too, says biological anthropologist Helen Fisher.Even though humans are animals that form pair bonds, some humans have a predisposition for restlessness. This might come from the evolutionary development of a...

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How to Grow (Almost) Anything

An off-shoot of the infamous “How to Make (Almost) Anything” course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “How to Grow (Almost) Anything” tackles the core concepts behind designing with biology – prototyping...

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The SR-72 Spy Plane Will Be Faster Than You Can Ever Imagine

Sebastien Roblin Security, Six times the speed of sound. Key point: Lockheed’s hyping of a hypersonic aircraft which may-or-may-not already exist seems explicitly intended to build support for additional funding. Hypersonic weapons—those...

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Geothermal energy and lithium extraction at Salton Sea

Controlled Thermal Resources The Salton Sea is an inland saline lake in southern California. It gets seriously hot in the summer. How hot? Well, one area is called Hell’s Kitchen. That’s where Controlled Thermal Resources is building...
Topics: Lithium

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The R Street Institute: Communications Director

TBD: The R Street Institute: Communications Director R Street Institute Washington, DC The R Street Institute—a free-market think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C., with r... Washington D.C.

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